WAILUKU -- The county Board of Variances & Appeals this morning granted a county motion to dismiss an appeal regarding the issuance of permits for two planned Kihei shopping centers, often referred to by critics as the Kihei "mega-malls."
The board unanimously granted the county's motion and said that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the appeal over grading permits the Department of Public Works granted in April to Eclipse Development Group of Irvine, Calif., the builder of the projects.
Eclipse is developing Maui Outlets, a planned 300,000-square-foot shopping center on a 30-acre site, and Piilani Promenade, a planned 400,000-square-foot retail complex on 68 acres, mauka of the Piilani Highway-Kaonoulu Street intersection.
The nonprofit Maui Tomorrow Foundation, South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth and Kihei resident Daniel Kanahele have appealed the granting of the two grading permits by the county.
For more on this story, see Saturday's edition of The Maui News.